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The Circus Ship: Book Review

Author/Illustrator: Chris Van Dusen Best for kids: who love animals and good books On the dust jacket: When a circus ship runs aground off the coast of Maine, the circus animals must stagger to the shore of a small island. At first the townspeople view them with suspicion, but it’s not long before locals and… Read more »

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How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans: Book Review

Author: David LaRochelle  Illustrator: Mark Fearing On the dust jacket: “Green beans are good for you. Green beans will make you big and strong.” Martha doesn’t believe what her parents tell her. And nothing will ever -EVER- maker her eat them.  But when some beady-eyed, boot stomping beans bust into town and start causing trouble,… Read more »

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Tadpole’s Promise: Book Review

Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Tony Ross On the cover: Where the willow tree meets the water, a tadpole met a caterpillar. They gazed into each other’s tiny eyes… and fell in love. “I love everything about you,” said the caterpillar. “Promise you’ll never change.” And foolishly the tadpole promised… But we all know that tadpoles… Read more »

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Candy Monster: Glowing Book Review!

Authors: Brian & Kristin Anderson Illustrator: Anna Merrill On the dust jacket: Sam loves candy. His level-headed parents want him to eat healthy. But when this stubborn seven-year-old candy connoisseur is allowed to eat ALL the candy he wants, no one is prepared for the outrageous, magical, body-transforming, candy adventure that comes next! Candy House… Read more »

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Interview with Illustrator Anna Merrill

  Anna Merrill is currently illustrating the upcoming children’s book, Candy Monster. She has six children, two of which are adopted, three of which have cerebral palsy and one who is often called, “the little mother.” Anna is a teacher, advocate for awareness of rare childhood disorders , artist, coach and woman of great faith and talents. Candy… Read more »

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Book Review: The Octopuppy

Title: The Octopuppy Author/Illustrator: Martin McKenna Publisher: Scholastic Interest level: Ages 3 to 8 Best for kids: Who need an attitude adjustment From the dust jacket: Edgar wanted a dog. Instead, he got an octopus named Jarvis. Jarvis couldn’t do anything a dog could do. Can the Octopuppy be the perfect pet for Edgar? The… Read more »